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Technical Data Sheet
Eastman™ Retarder Solvent

  • Auto OEM
  • Auto refinish
  • Coil coatings
  • General industrial coatings
  • Marine
  • Wood coatings
Key Attributes
  • Good solubility and compatibility in industrial bake systems
  • High boiling point and autoignition temperature
  • Low surface tension
  • Non-HAP
  • Non-SARA
  • Not classified as a VOC per European Union Directive 2004/42/EC
  • Not classified as a VOC per European Union Solvent Emissions Directive 1
  • REACH compliant
  • Readily biodegradable
  • Resistance to yellowing during cure

Product Description
Eastman™ Retarder Solvent is an efficient, low toxicity solvent used as a retarder solvent for industrial bake coatings. It is compatible with a variety of resin systems, and therefore has utility over a wide range of application conditions and substrates. It resists yellowing during cure while delivering excellent leveling and gloss, enabling consistent film quality and minimizing surface coating defects.

To demonstrate its utility in industrial bake applications, Eastman™ Retarder Solvent was evaluated versus DBE in a typical coil coating formulation. The technical tip titled Eastman™ Retarder Solvent and Optifilm™ Enhancer 300 for Industrial Bake Coatings below outlines the procedure used and the evaluation results.

Eastman™ Retarder Solvent is currently only available in the Asia Pacific region.

1Vapor pressure < 0.01kPa @ 293,15 K as per Solvent Emissions Directive 1999/13/EC

Typical Properties

PropertyTypical Value, Units
Specific Gravity 
     @ 20°C/20°C0.95
Evaporation Rate 
     (ether = 1)6051
     (n-butyl acetate = 1)0.002
     @ 20°C0.95 kg/L (7.90 lb/gal)
Surface Tension 
     @ 20°C28.9 dynes/cm
Hansen Solubility Parameters 
     Hydrogen Bonding4.8
Refractive Index 
     @ 20°C1.4423
Vapor Pressure 
     @ 20°C0.01 torr
Heat of Combustion1607.7 kcal/g·mol
Freezing Point-50 °C
Flash Point 
     Cleveland Open Cup120 °C
Autoignition Temperature393 °C
Liquid Viscosity 
     @ 20°C13.5 cP (mPa·s)

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2/28/2018 11:35:39 AM